NEWBERRY — After a tough loss to rival Chapin High School (2-0), Mid-Carolina High School (0-1) looks for what it can take away from the 22-6 loss moving forward.
This means examining what the team did well and looking at areas that could use improvement.
“Our QB played pretty well, skill guys played well, and our defense played very well,” said Louie Alexander, head football coach for Mid-Carolina High School.
Alexander praised the play of Mackenzie Flemon, senior; Rashon Graham, senior; and Corey Stone, sophomore.
Stone completed eight of his 13 passes for 140 yards in his first varsity start.
“Flemon played well on both sides of the ball,” Alexander said.
Flemon had 18 total tackles, five for loss and a forced fumble on defense, and five receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown on offense. His touchdown reception included two broken tackles.
Alexander seemed most pleased by his team’s defensive effort.
“We gave up a couple of big plays here and there,” Alexander said. “Overall, defense played pretty well though.”
Alexander attributed the defensive success to the work put in by his coaching staff preparing the team.
“Our coaches did a great job,” Alexander said.
Conversely, Alexander said he was displeased with The Rebels’ general mental lapses.
“We made way too many mental mistakes,” Alexander said. “Some of our mistakes were just Day 1 stuff.”
Alexander cited a formation penalty that cost the Rebels a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half as particularly costly.
He also said he was disappointed by Mid-Carolina’s special teams’ performance.
“Our special teams were atrocious,” Alexander said.
Alexander said he was surprised by the poor showing, because the team prides itself on its commitment to special teams.
“We did some good things, but anyone who spends time with the team knows what a point of emphasis special teams are, and we did not play up to our expectations,” Alexander said.
The Rebels did block an extra point attempt, which stood out as a positive for the Rebels’ special teams.
“When you’re trying to get back into a game, a play like that could be big,” Alexander said.
Alexander also acknowledged the quality of his competition.
“Chapin is a good football team,” Alexander said. “We needed to play better against a good team.”
In the coming weeks Alexander said he is hopeful his team will avoid costly penalties and errant decisions.
“It all comes back to mental mistakes,” Alexander said.